James W. "Jim" Petersen, 74, died Aug. 27, 2009, in Peoria, Ariz., after a long illness. He was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Helena to Peter and Louise Petersen and grew up in Bozeman, graduating from Montana State University in 1953 and continuing graduate school in Washington, D.C.
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He married Shirley Stewart in 1958, and they joyfully raised children, Kathryn L. Williams of Tulsa, Okla., Karen M. Saint of Red Lodge, and Daniel W. Petersen of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Jim had been a resident of Scottsdale the past 22 years, previously living in Billings. He retired in 2001 as a corporate investigator for America West Airlines. His career also included many years in the sales of bank equipment and buildings.
The loves of Jim's life were first his family and friends, and for many years marksmanship, hunting and fishing, then photography. He spent happy times on his beautiful horse, riding in the Shrine Black Horse Patrol in Montana, helping to raise money for the Shriners hospitals.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley; his daughter, Kathy and her husband, Gary Williams and grandchildren, Andrew and Christine Williams; daughter, Karen; and son, Dan and his wife, Sandy Petersen and granddaughter, Kathryn Petersen; his aunt, Elda Kincaid of Fort Worth, Texas; many cousins and many dear friends.
A memorial was held Thursday, Sept. 3, at Hansen Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Memorials in Jim's honor may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 6, 2009